New- look Fire outdone in opener
Mix Diskerud scored the eventual game winner in the 63rd minute, and New York City FC beat the Fire 4- 3 on Sunday at Toyota Park in a wild affair in the Major League Soccer season opener for both teams
NYCFC’s Thomas McNamara scored the first goal in spectacular fashion in the 10th minute, taking a feed from Khiry Shelton at the top of the penalty area and curling it into the upper corner. Nine minutes later, Fire midfielder Razvan Cocis evened it on a brilliant run. Tony Taylor and Shelton added goals to give NYCFC a 3- 1 advantage at the break.
After intermission, the Fire’s Kennedy Igboananike scored off a turnover and pass from David Accam in the 49th minute. But Diskerud restored the two- goal lead in the 63rd, beating Matt Lampson near- post.
Accam wrapped up the scoring on a penalty kick after a hand ball on Shelton.
Nine players made their Fire debuts, the most in a single game since the team’s expansion season in 1998.
“This is just the beginning of our philosophy — even though we lost, we wanted to do more,’’ Accam said. ‘‘ These young players will learn and will hopefully improve for the next games.’’
Defender Joao Meira, one of nine players debuting Sunday with the Fire, pulls on the arm of NYCFC’s Khiry Shelton.